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Former Perquimans lineman to face ECSU at Down East Classic

Former Perquimans lineman plays for Fayetteville State

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Former Perquimans offensive lineman Daome Mallory is a starting guard for the Fayetteville State Broncos. Mallory will face Elizabeth City State (ECSU) in the Down East Viking Football Classic, Saturday.

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By Craig Moyer
Sports Writer

Friday, September 15, 2017

Daome Mallory graduated from Perquimans in 2016 and had the opportunity to take his talents to his area school Elizabeth City State, but instead decided to move away and attend Fayetteville State. 

Saturday at 4 p.m. Mallory and the Broncos will face the Vikings in the 20th-Annual Down East Vikings Classic in Rocky Mount.

Mallory spoke with The Daily Advance Thursday about why he decided to attend FSU rather than ECSU.

“They showed some interest, but I really just wanted to get away, because if I went to Elizabeth City State I would be living at home and I wanted to be able to focus more on school,” Mallory said.

The business administration major started a few games last season, but has started both games this season for the Broncos and plans to start all 10 games in his second season with the team.

Mallory is looking forward to the opportunity to see some familiar faces on the opposite sideline, as the Vikings roster includes 13 players from the six area high schools, including three who played alongside Mallory at Perquimans.

The sophomore will be facing former teammates wide receiver SayQuan Holder, long snapper Wayne Worley and wide receiver Jaquan Holley in Saturday’s contest.

Although it will be a change to see so many former teammates and opponents on the opposition this weekend, Mallory said that nothing changes from an ordinary game.

“It will be different to play some old classmates, but it is still just a football game and I hope they all bring their best game,” Mallory said.

With an hour and a half drive from Hertford to Rocky Mount, Mallory said he did not know how many would be in attendance, but that he hopes to see a lot of family in friends in the stands for the game.

Mallory said he has enjoyed the time he has spent at FSU because of the great atmosphere on game days, a tight-knit team and that he has the opportunity to fight for a ring.

Both team’s entered Saturday’s game with 1-1 records and are looking to bounce back from tough losses in their second games of the season.

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